From a cowhide seat in interior designer Justine Ster- ling’s living room, visitors can either watch television or admire the bowl of ostrich eggs resting beside it. At he opposite end of the room, a majestic photograph
of a rhinoceros greets guests as they enter through the front door.
The eggs and the photo are just some of the mementos from
Sterling’s native Cape Town, South Africa, that make her home
in Melrose, Massachusetts, anything but the typical New England Colonial-style house.
For Sterling, who moved from Cape Town to Boston 20 years
ago, the artwork and artifacts are touchstones to her past. “I
feel that they’re almost more important to be in my home now,
because I live outside of South Africa,” she says. “It’s kind of like
this connection I want to still have with South Africa.”
Around every corner, in nooks, on walls, and on shelves, the
mix of South African culture and contemporary design makes
Sterling’s home distinct.
Sterling and her husband, Bill, a graphic designer whom
she met in Boston, bought the house 10 years ago, complete with
faux terra-cotta tile on the entryway floor and brown gumwood
mouldings that gave the space a dark, heavy feel. “I said to my
; ;;;; ;;;;;; wall and pillows with texture and pattern make the living
room ;;;;;;; pop. Bright yellow pillows are tossed on cowhide chairs.
Sterling, daughter Ruby, husband Bill, and son Reid gather around the
table in the eat-in kitchen area ;;;;;;, where they enjoy family meals.